After polishing their musical chops for years in the clubs of Green Bay, Dead Modern Villains busted down the doors of the rock scene in 2010 with their debut EP, Dead Modern Villains – Live at the Elbo Room. (Chicago) The band’s full length, 15 track debut album ‘Wisconsin Blues’ was released Aug 9th 2011.
The album unites Keith Bouche’s melodramatic vocals with crowd-pleasing riffs to churn out a record full of heart-pounding rock. Mitch Rudolph’s metal influenced drumming, mixed with David Arendt’s melodic bass lines uncork rhythms to evoke a fine collection of rock songs in their purest form. The band was recently nominated for 2012 Rock Band of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (32nd annual WAMI awards show).
“Wisconsin Blues” really puts out a ton of rockin’ tracks. Dead Modern Villians have a definite drive, which isn’t really about variations, it’s about being direct all the way through, while still stopping, shifting gears, and changing the course of the drive. This feels like a really strong and fast drive. It’s so rooted in feel, that the album never has a lapsing moment. The music is basic to-the-core-rock. Minimalist in instrumental variety, but delivers considerably complex arrangements within hard-assed, guitar driven tunes.
On this album, the Dead Modern Villians made the classic imprint of their works. Sounding somewhere between ZZ Top and The White Stripes, the immediacy and strong consistency in this release makes it easily accessible to all rock fans. Fifteen sure-fire tracks, where the recording is edgy and raw, exuding power and confidence with a total absence of soft songs.
Similar to most rock trio’s, Keith Bouche’s guitar dominates all tracks, overshadowing but never totally eclipsing David Arendt’s essential bass and Mitch Rudolph’s timekeeping drums. The music is loud and raw; the riffs are quick and catchy, and Keith’s voice is compelling. This brilliant blues and minimalist approach makes anything else in rock seem bloated and over-produced.
For me, this album will have serious staying power. My personal favorite tracks being; “Something To Do,” “Somertime Song,” Southern Voodoo Tomahawk Attack” and “Who Could Tell.” But the choice, style and sound spectrum is wide on this one and you’ll probably find your fav tracks here too.
Often I judge an album on its first five tracks. If it can pack a punch in its first 5 songs, it is likely to be great throughout. That is certainly the case here. Just double check my choice standout tracks, they’re all on the latter part of the album!
A bluesy feel, tight guitar riffs, solos from the soul, well constructed songs and passionate vocals, all make up for a solid rock album.
Buy it, you won’t be disappointed.
MEMBERS AND CREDITS:
Keith Bouche -Guitar/Vocals.
David Arendt -Bass/Vocals.
Mitch Rudolph -Drums
Album Information: Recorded, mixed & mastered by Marc Golde at Rock Garden Studio, Appleton Wisconsin.
Homepage Link: www.deadmodernvillains.com
Facebook Link: http://www.facebook.com/DeadModernVillains
Bandcamp Link: deadmodernvillains.bandcamp.com/
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Twitter Link: twitter.com/DMVrocknroll
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